Mychal Thompson Gives Positive Update on Son Klay Thompson’s Recovery From Injury

Published 03/23/2021, 11:51 PM EDT
Klay Thompson participates in a Golden State Warriors practice at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 before Thursday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. (Photo by Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)


In preseason predictions, the Golden State Warriors were among the competing teams. But an injury to Klay Thompson put them at the other end of the spectrum. Many believed they would be a lottery team without him. Although they are doing better than that right now, fans are eagerly waiting for Thompson to return.

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Klay’s father, former NBA champion Mychal Thompson, had a positive update regarding Klay’s current status. He said, “He’s doing well. Rehab’s coming along and he’s in a good frame of being around the guys. In a few months, he’ll be back out there doing full basketball activities.”

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Thompson has already returned to the court with some minor shooting drills. The Warriors posted a video on Twitter recently, which showed that Klay’s jumper is still intact. According to Thompson, his corner three is still “pure water.”

In the video, one can see how badly Thompson wants to return and how frustrated he got with just one miss after 12 makes in a row.

Where will the Warriors finish this season without Klay Thompson?

The Warriors are currently in the ninth spot in the Western Conference. They are likely to stay around that position, and won’t be expected to go beyond the playoffs if they end up qualifying for it. They have looked like a playoff team at times, but that was also because of the poor form of other teams in the West.

Golden State Warriors forward Kent Bazemore (26) and forward Juan Toscano-Anderson (95) and guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Draymond Green (23) during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Curry’s injury only makes it tougher for them, and there is still no timeline for his return. The Warriors’ record is only going to get worse till he comes back. They have a couple of winnable games upcoming, but the whole team will have to step up to get the victory. If they lose, they could go further down the standings, as the Grizzlies and the Pelicans are gaining momentum.

So it won’t be surprising to see the Warriors finish 10th or 11th.

Will Klay return to his 100% next season?

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With this season’s injury, Klay is on his way to miss two straight seasons of basketball. Very rarely do players return healthy after such incidents.

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 21: Klay Thompson (11) of the Golden State Warriors watches a replay as the Denver Nuggets look to close out during the second half of the Nuggets’ 100-98 win on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

But Klay is one of the greatest shooters of all-time. His injury may affect his athleticism at the most, and he may not be fluid with his off-ball movement. But he will still be a deadly 3&D player for the Warriors at least, and will definitely help them return to contending next season onwards.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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